Most travelers wouldn’t dream of eating frozen food in a foreign country, but if you want to eat as the locals do, then frozen food is definitely on the menu. You don’t have to eat them, but it’s worth taking a look at what they are, just for curiosity’s sake. Sure, you’ll probably find the usual pasta and peas, but you’ll also discover some eyebrow-raising items that aren’t native to your local grocery store’s frozen section. Here are 10 unusual frozen foods from around the world.
Although frozen food has a bad reputation for being tasteless and “sad,” it is oftentimes surprisingly good. In fact, frozen fruits and vegetables are processed during peak freshness. Retailers like Trader Joe’s have made frozen food more gourmet, providing diverse and delicious items like masala burgers and spinach and kale puff pastries. Although frozen food requires an immense amount of industrial manufacturing, often at the expense of the environment, the fact is that it can be convenient, useful, and delicious. And the rest of the world agrees.
To find the items on this list, we looked up foreign retailers and food companies, such as Picard, Aldi, and Taj Foods, and looked through their product lists to find items that we might not come across at Trader Joe’s — like vegetable ice cream. A few of the items on this list are not necessarily frozen foods you’ll find in your grocery stores, but foods that are eaten frozen, for example, frozen whale blubber, which is an Inuit delicacy.
So take a walk down the frozen food aisles of grocery marts around the world and tell us what you’d like to try (and what you’d never try in a million years) on Twitter by tagging @thedailymeal.
Akutaq (Alaska, USA)
Upon first glance, akutaq, which is also called “Eskimo ice cream,” looks like a fruity ice cream similar to Cherry Garcia. In fact, it’s a combination of whipped fat and berries, with common additions of fish and sugar. The traditional version, made with reindeer, walrus, or seal fat, is high in omega-3 fatty acids, but nowadays, the fat used is commercially available vegetable shortening, which is heavy in trans fats.
Alphabet Chicken Nuggets (Canada)
We’re pretty familiar with alphabet soup and vaguely familiar with dinosaur chicken nuggets, but alphabet chicken nuggets? Whether you think that’s YUM or EW, at least you can spell it out.